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ROSE RIVER FARM ( www.rose
riverfarm.com) offers fly-fishing for trout at
$95 per rod, per day, with groups limited
to five rods per day. (Preference is given to
those who are also renting a yurt.) Check
the farm’s Facebook page for updates on
availability, as it tends to book up months
in advance. Reserve Gary Burwell or another
guide at the farm (rod price not included)
for $80 for a half-day or $180 for a full day
(a second person is $130). This includes
equipment and ties. The Orvis store in
Woodbridge ( www.orvis.com/woodbridge)
offers day classes ($200 per person) at
the farm on April 17 and May 15. Virginia
requires a valid fishing license (www.dgif.
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›› WHERE TO STAY
ROSE RIVER FARM maintains three
cabins (yurts) on 20 acres across the road
from the farm. surprisingly roomy, each
yurt sleeps eight, offering four double
beds, a full kitchen, two full baths, a
fly-tying desk and use of the pond and
surrounding land. yurt rentals are $250 per
night or $1,500 per week.
GRAVES MOUNTAIN LODGE (www.
gravesmountain.com), located less than 2
miles from Rose River Farm, offers both
motel and cabin lodging, starting at $78 a
day per person (double occupancy). Many
rates include three hearty country meals,
which are served family style in the rustic
BELLE MEADE BED AND
BREAKFAS T ( www.bellemeade.net),
roughly 12 miles away in sperryville,
offers rooms and a cabin starting at $160
per night. The B&B has a pool and 138
acres to explore.
›› WHERE TO EAT
THORNTON RIVER GRILLE (www.
thorntonrivergrille.com), located about 20
minutes away in sperryville, offers fine
dining in a casual setting with entrées
ranging from beef tenderloin with tarragon butter to pan-seared scallops.
I T’S ABOUT THYME ( www.thymeinfo.
com), about 20 minutes away in charming
Culpeper, serves dishes ranging from duck
paté to pot roast. its sister restaurant,
The Copper Fish, shares the same building and specializes in seafood, including
a raw bar.
THE MOUNTAINEER CAFÉ (540-948-
6815, no website) in Madison is ideal for
breakfast or a quick bite.
PIE IN THE SKY (www.pieintheskypizza.
com) in Madison offers 36 beers on tap,
pizza, pastas and desserts.
Great Feathers Fly Shop ( www.great
feathers.com), roughly 20 miles north
of Baltimore in sparks, Maryland, offers
classes and guided trips to the Gunpowder River in Maryland. A half-day is $225
per angler or $295 for two. A full day is
$295 for one person ($350 for two) and
includes lunch. The Virginia Fly Fishing
and Wine Festival ( www.vaflyfishing
festival.com) is April 11-12 on the south
River in Waynesboro, Virginia. Admission
is $20 per day per adult (kids under 16
are free with an adult) and includes free
casting lessons with gear provided.
If You Go advocates fly-fishing as a therapeutic activity for veterans and wounded war- riors. The annual “2-Fly Tournament”
he’s hosted for the past eight years at
Rose River Farm has raised well over
$1 million for the cause.
BY THE END OF the day I’ve
caught and released 10 fish, including
one “brookie” (the rarer native trout),
a feat that warrants bragging rights.
Already setting my sights on my
next outing, I’m happy to learn that
fly-fishing opportunities are available
year-round. Kaitlin Groundwater,
who heads the fishing department at
the Orvis store in Woodbridge, says
she fishes for brookies in the Rapidan
Wildlife Management Area (located in
Madison and Greene counties) in fall
and winter. Come summer, she heads
to Pohick Bay and Pohick Creek near
Lorton to fish for bass and panfish.
Closer to home, Peltier recommends Fletcher’s Cove in Georgetown
during the spring shad run, and
Riverbend Park in Great Falls for
smallmouth bass in August. (Dear
closes his farm in the summer, so the
fish don’t get stressed by the warmer
I’m not sure where my next fly-fishing endeavor will take me, but as
the saying goes: Trout don’t live in ugly
places. I suspect my new hobby will
lead me to many sparkling waters. n
Amy Brecount White hopes the presentation of her fly will be acceptable to
many trout this spring.
The cabins at Rose River Farm
were built in the style of
modern Mongolian yurts.
Orvis sporting goods stores in
Arlington and Bethesda (www.
orvis.com) offer free “Fly Fishing
101” classes. Call stores for details.